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Carrollwood Cultural Center Singin' In the Rain

LIFESTYLE 6-7

Times Gone By at the Old Lutz School

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Outdoor Adventures on Less Than a Tankful

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS 17

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Milestones Children & Family Dentistry

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Calendar of Events

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Choosing the Right Siding for Your Home

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torytelling from generation to generation is one of the best ways that we keep memories alive in our community, so I sat down with two long-time Lutz residents, siblings Ben Nevel & Beth Nevel-Rader. They shared some gems from their childhood days attending the Old Lutz School in the late 1950’s. Their parents Benjamin and Betty Nevel, along with their children, moved to Lutz in 1952, and their mother Betty, taught 2nd grade at the school. Beth recalls her mother telling her why she loved to teach that particular grade. Betty said, “In first grade, the children are still very much attached to their mother’s apron Siblings Ben Nevel & Beth Nevel-Rader strings, but by second grade, they kind of become themselves and start to blossom as individuals.” Beth explained their upbringing, “Our parents raised us in the church and with a strong sense of giving back to the community. Our Mom and Dad were big volunteers and worked tirelessly at our church as well as in scouting, where all of us participated. Beth earned the prestigious Curved Bar in Girl Scouts and Ben became an Eagle Scout and earned the Order of the Arrow, a special honor given to scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.” Beth said their parents really ingrained that spirit in them - to work hard and to always help others. At the Old Lutz School, the siblings shared memories on events that happened during their attendance. During the Cold War, Beth remembered having regular air raid drills where they practiced ‘Duck and Ben and his wife, also named Beth, in their Railroad Cover’ procedures and students were directed to quickly crouch down Costumes for the Annual under their desks for protection in case there was an attack. Ben pointed Christmas Celebration out, “Also, things at school were a lot stricter back then than they are nowadays.” Beth added, “Definitely. Back in our day, when you arrived on the bus in the morning, we all had to line up single file as a class in the courtyard and wait to be called into our room by our teachers. You didn’t just jump off the bus and come running into your room like they do now - you had to be orderly and wait.” Ben shared, “There used to be an old wood frame building out back that was actually the old school house and they turned that into the cafeteria where Beth and I ate our lunch. That building is long gone. When we were young in those lower grades, you’d go out there for lunch and when you came back to class, the teacher would turn out the lights and all the students had to lay down for a nap during rest period.” Beth recalled, “I vividly remember having to sit out in the hall outside of Mrs. Saunders’ classroom as punishment for not knowing my multiplication tables. To this day, I can’t remember what 7 times 8 equals! Apparently, my difficulty is well remembered because last year at our annual Christmas event, Mr. Kester, a teacher who is now in his 80’s, approached me and asked, ‘Young lady, did you learn your multiplication tables?’ I couldn’t believe he remembered that! I also remember the first polio vaccines being given at the campus after a polio scare.” When they got older, brother and sister both became volunteer firefighters in Lutz. Ben joined first and Beth followed, teaching first aid classes. She eventually made this her full time career and went on to serve the community as Fire Chief. Ben said, “There were times back then that there were two urgent calls that came in at once and we both had to go in opposite directions to go help people because there wasn’t a dedicated Fire Department in Lutz. It’s just what people did back then – they volunteered.” Ben left the community briefly to serve his country in the Army during Vietnam in 1969 – 1970. When he returned, he joined the community’s dive recovery team and continued to do his part to serve his fellow neighbors. Because her older brother is very humble and never one to blow his own horn, Beth had to share some of his good deeds over the last three decades. Ben, better known in the community as the “Suspender Guy” and the Patriarch of the Old Lutz School, has volunteered as its caretaker for over 30 years, mowing the grounds and performing maintenance and repairs. He is the ‘go to guy’ for all things and he and his wife, also named Beth, are deeply dedicated to the school’s preservation. 27 years ago Beth moved up north for work but has recently retired and returned to her deep roots in Lutz and continues to happily serve the school and her beloved hometown. Beth mentioned, “As we get older, we always want to come back and share these stories to save them for future generations to come. We host many school field trips for kids to come out to the school and now on four Saturdays each year, home-schooled students come to visit as well. Just the other day, a little girl came in to look at the museum and she couldn’t understand what the antique telephone switchboard was. I had to explain to her how different the telephone system was back then and how it worked. She was amazed. It’s important for children using our technology now to understand that this really was how things used to be.” “Our goal for the school is to make it a meeting place and a place where our activities bring the community together to connect,” Beth noted. The school hosts the Annual Lutz Pioneer Descendants Reunion each October,

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where founding residents of the area and their families gather to share old memories and make new ones. Year round, there are old photographs mounted everywhere on the classroom walls, each with a name list attached below. The community is encouraged to come in anytime, look through the pictures and add identifying names to those they recognize in these historical images. “This is a unique way that residents are able to enrich the history of the school and each year, the list of names grows. We also post pictures on our Facebook page as well so residents can identify the people shown. Many in the older pictures have passed on, so it’s going to be their children who identify them. Ben said, “Last week, we posted an old picture on Facebook of 4 ladies, and someone saw it and was able to identify all four of them. It was great!” Currently, the school boasts an incredible artifact museum and hosts community meetings and field trips for public school children and homeschoolers. The North Tampa-Lutz Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol utilizes two of the rooms for their meetings and administration records. Each year, a teacher comes in and teaches in the old classroom, complete with antique school desks from every era. Every Christmas season for the last 23 years, the Old Lutz School transforms into a holiday wonderland featuring decorations, a Christmas tree room with multiple tree displays donated by the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and local churches. The family friendly event boasts a large holiday train display and school choirs singing Christmas carols with an antique pump organ player performing lively music. There is an entertainment tent set up outside and on select evenings, they show Christmas classics such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The school serves free hot chocolate, and cookies and offers commemorative t-shirts and beautiful custom designed Christmas ornaments for sale to aid their fundraising efforts. Ben Nevel designs these brass ornaments himself and said, “I’ve really enjoyed creating a new design every year, however so many people were interested in having the entire set, that we even offered those as a collection as well.” In 1996, the Old Lutz School was officially accepted on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places which will help preserve its existence for generations to come. Ben worked diligently to help get the school registered, and that summer, the community elected him the 1996 Lutz Guv’na. The 1947 - Mrs. Drake’s 2nd Grade Class Old Lutz School was founded in 1927, and in just a few short years it will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary in 2027. For a stroll down Lutz Memory Lane, come by and enjoy historical photographs and museum memorabilia from a simpler time. If you’d like to come out and support the ‘Suspender Guy’, the school often hosts community work days and welcomes volunteers. Beth mentioned, “Many Lutz high school students do their community service hours with us. We help each other. They help us keep the school in great shape and we take that opportunity to teach them things they may not be familiar with, including gardening, doing repairs, maintenance and projects around the property.” Dedicated Lutz residents like the Nevel siblings are one of the reasons that historical treasures like the Old Lutz School are still around. A strong community goes out and helps its own, and that’s exactly what this brother and sister duo have been doing since they arrived in Lutz over 65 years ago. The Old Lutz School is located at 18819 US Highway 41 in Lutz. For more information or to arrange a visit, call (813) 635-3500 or visit their Facebook Page @OldLutzSchool or www.oldlutzschool.com.

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Jennifer Trudel, Owner, Scrub-A-Dub Bin Cleaning

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ho wants to scrub out their nasty garbage cans? Jennifer Trudel, the owner of Scrub-A-Dub Bin Cleaning, knows that answer – no one! Jennifer explained, “The service of bin cleaning is something that once you have it done, you’re a believer. The service is a valuable amenity for busy families, retirees, single moms, and the list goes on and on. Cleaning the large cans is cumbersome at best. Sure, you can rinse it out with your garden hose, but that isn’t going to work for long. Our service is eco-friendly, extremely affordable, and convenient, because you don’t even have to be home.” Jennifer continued, “Many residents already use paid services such as lawn, pool and house cleaning services to make their lives easier. This is why bin cleaning makes so much sense, because if you have to keep your bins in your garage in the Florida heat, you’ll have to keep it clean or it will reek. The smell is bad enough, but the bins are also unsanitary - filled with bacteria, viruses, and mold.” Jennifer was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia & was a practicing pharmacist for 28 years. After much thought, she decided to retire early, but after a year, she realized she had to find something productive to do with her time. Jennifer said, “I have four children, two boys and two girls. We are all ‘J’s - Jeff, Jennifer, Jimmy, Julia, Jackie, and Jackson. Our neighbors and friends refer to us as the “J” family. I met my husband in 1991 and we’ve been married for 24 years. My husband likes to joke saying, ‘10 years were blissful.’ He’s a great guy and I am a very lucky woman to have him. A promotion within his company transferred us to Tampa in 1996.” “I had never had given much consideration to owning my own business until after retiring. I began looking at franchises and they all seemed to have their drawbacks. I would brainstorm and google searching every day because I knew there had to be something I’d be passionate about. In early 2017, my husband saw a Miami colleague’s Facebook post raving about this new service where she had gotten her trash and recycle bins cleaned by a professional company. I began researching this concept and the more I learned, the more I wanted to open my own bin cleaning business. My husband wanted to wait, but I was adamant that we need to jump on this opportunity while no one was providing this service in the Wesley Chapel, Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, and New Tampa,” she said. All Jennifer really needed was the truck with the specialized equipment and once that was secured, she started servicing the community on January 3rd 2018. Jennifer said, “I’ve been driving the truck since day one. I love being outside hearing the birds chirp, seeing squirrels in trees eating nuts, saying hello to residents walking their dogs, meeting my customers, and admiring all the beautiful developments unique to our area.” Her business is growing steadily especially now that they are in their second year. “It’s growing by word of mouth, print advertising, and truck visibility. As word gets out, more and more residents will want the service. The main hurdle for my service is spreading the word so people know the service exists. I am very hopeful residents will see the value in it and check it out,” Jennifer noted. When asked what she does in her spare time, Jennifer replied, “I discovered Pilates in January of this year. I love it and I plan to get certified to teach Pilates within the next year. Our baby at home is Muffy, a Yorkie weighing in at 5 pounds. She travels, sleeps, and cuddles with us, but she doesn’t clean bins. We’ll keep her anyway!” Jennifer Trudel, Owner Scrub-A-Dub Bin Cleaning 844-SCRUBBY

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ilestones Children & Family Dentistry is a family business – quite literally. Dr Jennifer Naoom and Faddy Makaryus are a husband and wife dentist team that offers dental care for the entire family under one roof. Dr Jennifer Naoom is a Board certified Diplomate Pedodontist. She cares for children from newborn to 18 years of age and Dr. Faddy Makaryus is a general dentist and treat ages 18 and up. He offers dental care in all fields of dentistry and has advanced training in Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. Dr. Makaryus explained, “Milestones Dentistry is one family caring for all the dental needs of other families.” Doctors Naoom and Makaryus graduated from the top dental schools in the Nation. They each earned a DMD degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Naoom went on to complete MILESTONES her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Columbia University. Dr. Makaryus completed a General C H I L D R E N & F A M I L Y Practice residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and finished a program at NYU for implant dentistry earning him a fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. DENTISTRY After practicing in New Jersey and New York for a few years, they moved to Florida to reunite with family in 2010. The doctors have two daughters, aged 6 and 10. Dr. Makaryus said, “We love the beautiful Florida weather and being so close to the beaches and Disney. Since moving to Florida, many of our family members have moved here as well. With lots of cousins, nieces, nephews, and aunt and uncles, we can hardly even fit under one roof, but that is the beauty of it.” He continued, “We are very family oriented and want to extend this warm family environment to our patients and invite them to be a part of our family at Milestones Children and Family Dentistry.” Dr. Naoom always knew she wanted to work with children. She had great passion and patience and was always found volunteering with children in charities and in Sunday schools. The medical field always fascinated her and so she decided to combine those two in her career choice. Dr. Makaryus was always very driven and ambitious in pursuing a career in the dental field because it combined his love Dr. Faddy Makaryus & Dr. Jennifer Naoom of helping people and being very skilled in using his hands. When asked what they like most about what they do, Dr. Makaryus replied, “We enjoy meeting families and building long lasting relationships. We also enjoy exceeding patient expectations, setting high standards Milestones Children & Family of care for our patients, and offering the latest technology in the dental field. We are also very selective in Dentistry is located at 17531 N choosing the right team members for our staff. First and foremost, they must be kind, compassionate Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz. and competent.” For an appointment or more The practice is able to address all ages of health care needs under one roof including children, parents information, please contact and Grand-parents. Dr. Naoom specializes in treating children of all ages. Dr Makaryus treats adults and has them at (813) 444-5060, or visit extensive post graduate training in cosmetic and implant dentistry. Dr. Makaryus said, “We pride ourselves www.milestonesdentistry.com in being able to treat all ages and we can minimize situations where we have to make referrals, sending patients to multiple offices. We really are ‘a one stop shop’ for all family dental needs.” Dr. Makaryus explained, “We are very proud of maintaining a state of the art practice that invests in the best technology out there. We’ve stayed ahead of the game and have training in the use of laser dentistry and digital radiology, which we use in multiple procedures. But above all, our compassion for our patients sets us apart. Our google reviews are a testimony from all the families that we have earned their trust and admiration.” 18 | LUTZ MAGAZINE | VOLUME II • ISSUE VIII | TO ADVERTISE CALL 813-501-4894


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Choosing the Right Siding for Your Home

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Hardie Board Siding vs.Vinyl Siding

hich one is right for your home? The answer depends on many factors including durability, aesthetics, maintenance, cost, and energy-efficiency. Vinyl siding became a popular choice to replace aluminum siding in the 1960’s. Constructed from PVC, it is extremely durable. Currently it is the most popular siding for homes in the United States. In the 1980’s, hardie board was introduced to the housing market. This durable product is a fiber-cement board made from sand, cement, and wood fibers.

Comparing Wear and Durability

Because vinyl siding is made of plastic, it never requires painting and is resistant to water, wind, and weather damage. However, it can be damaged, particularly because it is very thin (usually .04 to .046 inches thick). Sharp objects can puncture vinyl and as it ages, it is vulnerable to becoming brittle with exposure to weather. When this happens, it becomes much weaker, and can be damaged by hail or wind-blown debris. This type of siding is treated with fire retardant, however that only slows down the rate at which it can burn if exposed to fire or another heat source. Vinyl siding can easily warp due to heat and sun exposure. Vinyl siding usually comes with a 25-year warranty. Like real wood siding, Hardie board is denser (usually more than a quarter of an inch thick), which makes it much more durable than vinyl. Composed of cement-like materials and wood fibers, it is stronger than vinyl and much less susceptible to wind and damage from weather exposure. Despite its strength, intense impacts can cause it to crack. It does not burn, warp or melt when exposed to heat which provides a significant advantage over vinyl siding. Hardie board does not become brittle with age and typically offers a 30 to 50-year warranty.

Curb Appeal The thickness and weight of vinyl and hardie board play a role in the aesthetics each offers. Hardie board is thick and has deep embossing that looks more like real wood than the texture of vinyl siding. It is available in

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many colors, textures and trims to match any style, which is important if you are looking for a realistic or specific appearance for your home.

Maintenance Unlike wood shingles or siding which require regular painting and treatment, both vinyl siding and hardie board are relatively maintenance-free. Vinyl siding does have an advantage when it comes to maintenance. It will not disintegrate or rot over time. It never needs to be painted, and cleaning vinyl is as easy as using a garden hose to wash off any accumulated dust and dirt. However, hardie board requires painting and re-caulking every five to ten years to prevent deterioration.

Cost

There is no doubt about it, the advantages of hardie board come with a cost. Vinyl siding is far less expensive, both for the product and the labor installation costs. Vinyl is much easier to cut and install. Hardie board is heavier and requires more installers. Because it is harder to cut, it also requires specialized training and tools to install.

Energy Efficiency Neither vinyl nor hardie board offers much insulation on their own, however vinyl can be purchased with built-in insulation, giving it an advantage in energy-efficiency. This insulation can help keep your home cooler in the summer months and warmer in the winter. As you can see, when deciding between vinyl siding and hardie board, there are many factors to consider. What may be important to you may not be important to your neighbors. Vinyl siding and hardie board are both worthwhile investments as they preserve the look of your home, increase its curb appeal, and provide you with years and years of comfort. Before you make a decision, contact the experts at Morgan Exteriors, Inc. and we will walk you through the process and determine which option is best for you and your home.

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AUGUST Plantings & Lawn Maintenance Plan to beautify your landscape with these tips for what to plant in AUGUST and lawn maintenance measures! Excerpts are taken from http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu courtesy of University of Florida IFAS Extension.

What to Plant

Annuals: The hottest days of summer limit planting now to heattolerant annuals, such as coleus, kalanchoe, and vinca. Bulbs: Aztec lily, butterfly lily, walking iris, and spider lily can be planted any time of the year, even late summer. Herbs: Herbs that can be planted from plants (not seeds) include bay laurel, ginger, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary.

What to Do

Palms: Check older fronds for yellowing as it may indicate a magnesium or potassium deficiency. Apply an appropriate palm fertilizer. Poinsettias: Pinch back poinsettias and mums before the end of the month to allow time for buds to form for winter bloom. Ornamental plants: Fertilize plants that show signs of deficiencies. Rapid growth and leaching rains may result in nutrient deficiencies in some plants. Fertilizer Bans: Some municipalities in central Florida prohibit the application of fertilizer to lawns and/or landscape plants during the summer rainy season (June– September). See if such an ordinance exists in your area. Annuals/Bedding plants: Remove spent blooms, cut back, and fertilize flowering annuals and perennials to extend the bloom season into the fall months.

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